Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Hangar 24 Chocolate PorterHangar 24 Chocolate Porter
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Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DoubleJ on 11-24-2010

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Reviews:
73
Ratings:
311
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
27%
 
 
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 311
Photo of harrymel
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

brown, excellent clarity and a surface etched with light dirty cream foam. Nose is almost spicy with malts and some hops (noble) with a bit of cocoa, but no vanilla. Taste has roasted malts with a bit of sweet rye and some cheap base malt oxidation - a truly uneventful mouthful. Thin with sharp, yet fleeting carb and an off dry finish. Meh.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On nitro @ Hanger 24

Look: Black with red rings and a 1 inch head with exceptional retention and some circular lacing. Exactly what a beer on nitro should look like. Fantastic

Smell: Cocoa nibs and vanilla

Taste: Cocoa nibs upfront and very nice touch of coffee and vanilla on the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and mild carbonation and exceptionally creamy

Overall: Due to it being on nitro the look and feel of the beer are exceptional with the nose and taste being good. So I would say that drinking this beer on nitro is the way to go but still overall its a good beer.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It looks clear and medium brown as it cascades into the glass. As it sits, it is not nearly opaque; held to light it has a deep, reddish hue and some clarity to it. Tan head falls to a light lacing over the beer after a couple minutes.

On the nose, it does not smell very roasted; there is mostly a grain/malt nose with light bitterness. Not a deep or sweet chocolate aroma; light and mingled with toasted toffee and vanilla.

The flavor somewhat unexpectedly features a thin, almost tangy, bitterness and mouthfeel. This flavor becomes more harmonious as the beer warms, revealing more clearly that the bitterness is from the raw nibs and is akin to roasted coffee bean.

The finish rolls in with some light chocolate sweetness and pleasing vanilla. As it warms, roasted malts emerge and add nice balance. Subtle alcohol warmth joins the lingering finish but the beer seems like it would be less than 8% without knowing beforehand.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark near black auburn brown with a light, brownish off-white 2 finger head. Great retention, leaving a strong layer of microbubbles floating on the surface. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell - Not strongly aromatic; touches on chocolatey roasted malt and a buttery character.

Taste - Not what was expected. More off-flavored butter flavor than chocolate. Chocolate is present, but moderate at best. Acidic bite. Moderate roast near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Acidic. Fair smoothness.

Overall - When drinking this, the first thing that comes to mind is neither chocolate, nor porter; not good when the name of your brew is 'Chocolate Porter'. I'm one and done with this beer. There are dozens upon dozens of chocolate forward brews I'd much rather have.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of chocolate and some alcohol
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, initially fizzy then becoming frothy, diminishing to irregular 4-12 mm ring and frothy layer.
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor nondescript – no chocolate, just a hint of roasted malt with some alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Khourey's (Las Vegas, NV). 7.99. No bottling information apparent. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours dark brown with a finger and a half of thick tan head. A thin cap remains and leaves just a little lace.

Smells of bakers cocoa, chocolate malt, faint vanilla and a little sugar.

Plenty of chocolate flavor. Cocoa powder, dark chocolate and chocolate malts are most prevalent with hints of vanilla, powdered sugar, chalk, coffee, earthy and mildly metallic. Not a whole lot of depth but it delivers the chocolate for sure.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry, bittersweet, earthy cocoa and vanilla finish.

A one trick pony but overall a decent brew. Less roasty and a tad thinner than I'd prefer in a porter. I'm not disappointed that I grabbed the bottle but I won't be hunting for another.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a deep amber/brown pour with 2 fingers of off-white fluffy head, causing some great lacing (never seen this much on a porter honestly). smells of chocolate, toffee, nutty overtones. the flavor is of rich and sweet chocolate, almost getting a powdered cocoa flavor. medium body with moderate amount of carbonation, creamy with a slightly chalky feeling on the finish.

this is a pretty damn good porter but a little on the sweet side rather than what i was expecting (a dark roasty chocolate flavor). i'd like to try some more things from this brewery.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ChrIs.

Pours a clear brownish orange. Lots of white head. Looks decent. Smells chocolatey and sweet. Malty rich. Tastes interesting but not great. A bit overly bitter. Well carbonated... Interesting but not great. Overall not something. Would have again

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark chestnut with a 2 finger light tan head. Big bubbles of lacing remain.

S- chocolate, vanilla, and a slight roast.

T- hint of roaste, vanilla, chocolate, and nuts.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable but thin for 8%.

O- nota bad beer but doesn't have much body or roastiness like most porters.

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Photo of azdback
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Ballast Point pint glass. Initial dark brown color but when held to the light this becomes somewhat transparent. Highlights are even a lighter brown. Head was one finger, speckled cocoa colored and creamy in appearance. The head does dissipate rather quick and leaves a weak lace.

Smell is of mild roasted malts. There is some chocolate and bit of charred wood. This smell is pretty average but does have a bit of an advantage on a regular Porter with some vanilla and sweet milk chocolate overtones.

Taste is not as rich as I would have liked it to be. This starts like the smell and gives some chocolate flavors but quickly becomes overly bitter about mid mouth. This characteristic mellows as this warms but never becomes okay. This does have a bit of smoke to it too and the 8% never shows it's hand.

Mouth is smooth and the carbonation is light to creamy. Body is medium and the finish is average and on the dry side.

Overall I liked this but didn't love it. This was bought while I was in San Diego last month and I have held out trying it until tonight. Somewhat let down but overall not a bad tick.

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Photo of Radome
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber bottle into a globe glass.

L - Deep, dark brown, almost black. Clear. Tan head is thick. It persists as a thin sheet and thick lacing.

S - Aroma is of roasted grain, almost burnt. Some smoke and chocolate. Grain husk in the end. Some earthy hops. Not very complex.

T - Husky graininess at first, followed by chocolate and coffee with just a hint of burnt grain and light smoke. Moderate grassy hops. Dry, clean finish.

F - Medium body. Medium, smooth carbonation. Medium hops bitterness. Low alcohol presence.

O - Overall, this is a well-made beer, very clean and crisp. I'd like to see it have less graininess and burnt character and more chocolate/coffee for a porter, especially one that calls itself a chocolate porter.

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Photo of gshak
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber at refrigerator temperature into my dollar-store tulip glass. No bottled on date observed.
A = Translucent red with crimson hue. A vigorous pour yielded about 3 fingers'width of off-white head, with tight and medium bubbles.
S = Very muted, likely due to the coldness of the beer. Notes of light chocolate, dark fruits and mellow roast observed.
T = Ample malt on the palate, with generic bitterness; like a 3 month-old great-when-fresh-but-quickly-falls-off-the-cliff red ale. Straddles that border between a stale red ale, and a hoppy brown ale; not quite in the porter category for me. If the brewers used chocolate and vanilla, this bottle sure didn't get any of it. Phenolic notes observed from start to finish, very unusual for a porter. Checked the side of the bottle, sure enough, 8% ABV which to me puts this beer in the imperial category.
F = I have no further interest in this beer. Let's just say 3.75 and get on with life.
O = Hmm...go drink another porter.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass

A- Deep, dark chocolate brown color, heavily carbonated, but only a half finger off-white head that dissipated quickly. Ribbed lacing down the sides.

S- Chocolate, obviously. But super delicious smelling flavor. Maybe wafting a little caramel or vanilla with it?

T- Dark chocolate and roast malt. Bitter, but finishes creamy. Very tasty. Like a milkshake almost.

M- Rich and creamy, full bodied, maybe a little too well carbonated.

O- This beer has some flaws, but one thing it does extremely well is hit you in the mouth and nose with chocolate. The weak head and the heavy carbonation take nothing from the overall quality of the beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Eureka Burger

A: Pours dark brown with a creamy light tan head that fades and laces fairly well.

S: Pretty straight forward, semi sweet chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt up front, a nice hit of chocolate, maybe even a little light coffee in there, and a some faint pine and spice notes. It holds it's alcohol well, never would have guessed it's 8%.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, quite smooth and creamy.

O: Maybe not the best example I've had of the style, but not bad.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small gathering at Cam's for goodies

A-brown body with a white whispy head

S-nice chocolate smell with what seems like a firm malt backbone

T-follows the nose very well. Chocolate and makt

M-medium body and smooth

O-very nice beer. Would like to get my hands on more

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Photo of Khazadum
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good retention, collar of white bread. Lacing missing, opaque, mohogany body. Light carb.

Chocolate malt is the predominant nose. Simple.

Some pork character, a bitterness of the chocolate malt, cocoa nibs missing but possibly bitter from it.

Solid body, good amount of carb. Sticky flavors.

Cocoa nibs? Vanilla bean? Ya right.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Annaversary Party. 4oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown almost mahogany color. Thin light tan head. Ok lacing.

Aroma is kinda fake chocolate smelling like hersheys chocolate syrup. Little bit of roast.

Taste is a roasty tasty porter. Little bit of chocolate that's not fake like the aroma. Smooth with a nice roasty bite.

Mouthfeel is a little high on the carbonation but pretty smooth.

Overall a tasty porter. I would buy it if it was in 6 packs.

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Photo of travolta
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, frothy head, minimal retention, nice spotted lacing.

Nose: Carmel, chocolate, vanilla, fig, crispy fresh herb.

Taste: Vanilla and malty smoothness up front. Carbonation comes in after and brings in carmel, coffee, toffee, and fig.

Notes: This beer gets better as it warms up. A nice and approachable example of a chocolate porter.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip

A - Really nice chocolate brown, half finger tan head and a little lacing

S - Chocolate, Anise, Booze, nuts, very sweet malts and yeast, great booze note almost high end bourbonish and more chocolate

T - Huge sweet and roasty malts, nutty, milk and dark chocolate, anise, almost belgian like yeast, a slight hop bite, some soil, a bit of foliage, a very nice slight booze and some oaky notes

M - Medium plus body, wel balanced, medium minus complexity, low acidity and a nice hop bite with a sweet very long finish

D/O - Very refreshing, some much to love and not overwhelming on any fronts. If you like porter, this one you may want to add to your list of likes. Perfect for holiday or otherwise and great with some homeade buttered popcorn

Final thoughts - 8% abv and only $4 a pop, this is something to grab more than one of

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Photo of sweethome
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened with a rather strange "snap" - nothing more - no carbonation sound - just a snap.

Pour is medium dark brown. Rather hazy. Light tan head leaves some large bubbles as it lingers.

Nose has a bit of coconut - a little funky. Can't say I get chocolate. Medium mouth feel - gets just bit watery mid-mouth. Chocolate flavors seem like an addative rather than malt oriented.
This beer is trying hard - but just doesn't work for me. Flavors taste too much like an adjunct, and lacks a firm backbone.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked a bomber of this up at City Beer Store for $4.99.

Pours a medium brown with good clarity and a thin topping of light tan foam. Sticky lacing clinging to the glass as the head retreats. Inviting aromas of hot cocoa and roasted malt greet the nose first with a layer of vanilla tucked beneath. Some caramel notes arise later. Chocolate/cocoa-focused on the palette up front with a toasted malty/caramel in the middle and a finish of vanilla/cream soda. Medium-full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice warming sensation from the 8% ABV.

Aptly named, this is one chocolatey porter with a great mouthfeel and flavor while avoiding being overly sweet. That said, I could definitely see this pairing well with a dessert…speaking of, I'll go grab some ice cream now.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: its a watery black color with not much light penetrating - 2 finger frothy tan head that marshmellows at the top

s: sweet baking chocolate and roasty toasty malts up front. there is a hint of sweet malt and figs and raisins in here as well. creamy with some oaky notes (might be from the roasted malts), and ends with some nice vanilla extract aromas at the end

t: this follows the nose quite well, however I'm a little surprised to be picking up as much alcohol in the flavor as i am. you're first hit with the roasted malts, which provide some initial bitterness, then its cut by that alcohol. there is definitely a hint of those sweet dark fruits in here as well. the chocolate, though, is not so present - only a hint of like powered chocolate. this ends with toasted malts, and a nice vanilla oaky flavor

m: medium - typical mouthfeel for a porter. quite a bit of carbonation though

o: disappointed that there is not more chocolate in here. its a nice robust beer, that does have some nice flavors - however, i would have like a little more chocolate, and a little less alcohol in the flavor. still enjoyable though

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque brow, with some light on the edges showing some red and brown. A big mocha head leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is sweet dark bread, chocolate and vanilla, roasted malts and a light fruitiness.

Taste is similar, sweet and roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of vanilla, almost rich.

Texture is smooth and light, yet still almost creamy. The beer leans from medium to light bodied in thickness, and is very easy to drink.

They got a lot of good texture and flavor into an almost thin beer. Pretty amazing. The sweetness is a nice break from the smoky char I was expecting, and if it were thicker, I would call it a stout. Very good drinking, especially for 8%.

DOA

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Photo of MrHirschybar
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Hangar 24
1/24/11
Last beer of the tasting / was a special offering at the brewery

A - Big frothy creamy tan head, medium dark brown in color altogether

S - Big nose of chocolate, sweet malts, very present roast scent, vanilla still present

T - Big chocolate, light coffee with a roasted finish.

M - Creamy, rich but not overwhelming, but with a nice clean finish

D - The Nitro-tap did a nice benefit to the taste and feel of this beer - it was a good offering regularly on tap, and the nitro kicked this one up a notch - definitely the best beer I had the entire visit to Hangar 24. It calmed the roasted nature down a little and enhanced the chocolate flavor, while giving a nice creamy mouth-feel and made this even easier to have a couple than it already was.

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Photo of Reappropriated
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz bottle.

Overall, this is a perfectly average porter, but did not have much that is going to get me to come back and have this beer again.

The beer pours medium to dark brown, with a tanish head, visually appealing and a good start.

The smell is overall earthy, with hints of chocolate, with malt and a bit of copper, so pretty much an earthy porter.

The taste is what you would expect from a smokey porter, with hits of chocolate, and something creamy in the mix. It is simple but I enjoyed the experience. It also had a nice feel to it, but that was not enough to make me want to come back for more.

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Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 311 ratings.
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